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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

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Doctoral Dissertations

Below is a list of doctoral dissertations, along with links to the full texts. Use the text search feature of your web browser (CTRL-F or Command-F)) to search for specific topics or names.

K12 2008 Dissertations

Stephen Bluestein

Title: Principal Effectiveness in California Elementary Schools

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Pete Goldschmidt

Debbie Bohn

Title: How First Generation Teachers in One District Use Early Literacy Data to Inform Their Instruction

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

Lasonja Brown

Title: How Do African American Males Perceive and experience School Belonging in a Suburban high school? How do their perceptions influence academic engagement?

Dissertation Chair: Dr. William De La Torre

Donna Campbell

Title: "I Don't Even Know You as a Teacher Yet, But You're Suspending my Child": Perceptions of Home-School Relationships among African American Parents of Students with Behavioral Problems

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Susan Auerbach

William Chang

Title: The Impact of K-5 Mandarin Foreign Language Instruction on Students' Academic, Attitudinal, and Cognitive Development

Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Reveles

Valerie Codron

Title: Transformational Leadership Practices: Their Impact on Student Achievement

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Gregory

Terry Deloria

Title: The Effect of Teacher Urgency on Student Achievement: A Multivariate Linear Regression Analysis

Dissertation Chair: Pete Goldschmidt

Ellen Edeburn

Title: Factors Affecting the Normative Secondary Transition of Latina/o Students

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Gregory Knotts

Juliana Fabrocini

Title: The Impact of School-wide Collaboration Systems on Planning for Differentiated Instruction

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nancy Burstein

Howard Fountaine

Title: Activity-Based Costing in Charter Schools: Facilitating Systemic Reform Through Better Understanding of Resource Use

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Moore

Brandon Gallagher

Title: Teacher Feelings of Efficacy and Control: A Study of the Relationships of Global and Specific Measures of Self-Efficacy, Local Control, Teacher Performance, and Evaluation

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Gregory

Timothy Guy

Title: Supports for High School Success: Perceptions of Males Students Living in Out-of-Home Care Attending a Comprehensive High School

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

Joshua Klarin

Title: Characteristics and Practices of Principals Who Receive a 6-Year WASC Accreditation Term

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Robert Kladifko

Stephanie Mcclay

Title: A Qualitative Study of Successful California Continuation High Schools: Effectively Serving Students at Risk

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Diane Gehart

Greg Miller

Title: What Works in Small Learning Communities: A Case Study of the Effective Elements in Small Learning Communities

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jeanne Adams

Rachelle Minutella

Title: Secondary English Teachers and Self-Regulated Learning: A Qualitative Study of Teachers' Attitudes and Practices

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Diane Gehart

Vivian Perez-Kennedy

Title: Paraprofessional Support for the Behavioral Needs of Students with Disabilities

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nancy Burstein

Patricia Pernin

Title: Providing Targeted Professional Development to Enhance Content Specific Workgroups

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julie Gainsburg

David Riddick

Title: Overcoming Organizational Barriers to the Implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI): Aligning Theories of Action to Increase Student Achievement

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Gregory

Dilmit Singh

Title: Supporting Professional Learning Communities in a Large Comprehensive High School

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

Erin Studer

Title: The Implementation Context: Teachers' Implementation of Skills Learned During Professional Development

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Gregory Knotts

Jesus Vaca

Title: Minority Students Can be Gifted Too: A Study of the Human Influence in the Underrepresentation of Minority Students in GATE

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jody Dunlap

Donna Zero

Title: Teacher Practices in Differentiated Instruction: A Survey of Practices in Grades Four Through Eight

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

CC 2009 Dissertations

Anna Badalyan

Title: Program Review Institutionalization as an Indicator of Institutional Effectiveness in The California Community Colleges

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Stephanie Bluestein

Title: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Impact of Student-Faculty Interaction on Academic Dishonesty in the Community College

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Vanidy Bailey

Title: The Tapestry of Black Female Leadership: A Study of the Culture of Student Leadership in a Locally-Sponsored, Culturally-Based Student Organization

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Lori Bennett

Title: Institutionalizing Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Quantitative Analysis of the Barriers and Best Practices at California Community Colleges

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Moore

Joy Brittain

Title: The Effect of Supplemental Instruction within a Sequence of STEM Classes at Community Colleges

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julie Gainsburg

Sherry Davis

Title: Career Technical Student Organizations: California Community College's Best Kept Secret

Dissertation Chair: Robert Kladifko

Vincent Devlahovich

Title: The Impact of a Residential Learning Community Model on Student Achievement

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Kathleen Rowlands

Beth Halaas

Title: Gatekeeping and Online Degrees in Social Work Education: Where Do Things Stand?

Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Reveles

Mitra Hoshiar

Title: Examining the Effectiveness of Student Authentication and Authenticity in Online Learning at Community Colleges

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jody Dunlap

Crystal Kiekel

Title: LGBT Campus Climate for Community College Students

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Gregory Knotts

Lut Hang Li

Title: A Study of Social Networking for Community College Counselors: A Factor in Providing Positive Academic Counseling Experiences

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Robert Kladifko

Greg Mena

Title: Alignment of Matriculation Services for Language Minority Students in Community Colleges

Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Reveles

Joanna Miller

Title: Online Course Features that Engage Students and Encourage Completion and Success

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Moore

Amita Naganand

Title: Degree Completion, Time to Degree and Credit Accumulation: The Case of California Transfer Students

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

Anthony Prestby

Title: Student and Faculty Perceptions of Academic Dishonesty in an Honor Code Environment at a Two-Year Community College

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Diane Gehart

Polly Robinson

Title: Moving the Basic Course Forward: A Phenomenological Study of a Communication Studies Department's Transition to a Hybrid Public Speaking Class Model

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Diane Gehart

John Tabakian

Title: An Examination of Factors that Influence Academic Entrepreneurialism Among Community College Faculty

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Carol Velas

Title: Pre-entry Academic Achievement and Student Success in Associate Degree Nursing Programs

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

K12 2010 Dissertations

Jack Bagwell

Title: Exploring the Leadership Practices of Principals in Program Improvement Schools Through a Distributed Leadership Framework

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

Jason Beck

Title: Examining the Experiences of First Generation, Low-Income Chicana/o Students Who Have Successfully Negotiated the Academic and Social Environments of College and Persisted to the Second Year

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

Annette Besnilian

Title: Taste of Good Health: School-based Parent and Family Healthy Lifestyles Classes to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

Tania Cabeza

Title: The Leadership Practices of Latino/a Superintendents

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peggy Johnson

Pamela Castleman

Title: Sustained Growth on State and Federal Assessment Measures: A Case Study of Three High Schools That Have Implemented a Professional Learning Community Model

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jody Dunlap

Jay Greenlinger

Title: Baby Boomer Superintendents: Their Leadership and Support of Millennial Principals

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jody Dunlap

Eman Hill

Title: Examining Factors That Influence Pedagogy: A Case Study of Three Culturally Relevant Teachers

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Joyce Burstein

Shannon Johnson

Title: Voices of College Internship Coordinators: Services and Practices that Most Effectively Facilitate Internships of Academic and Professional Value

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julie Gainsburg

Madeline Latham-Wilson

Title: Effects of School Climate and Accountability Pressure on Teacher Retention

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Robert Kladifko

Paul Payne

Title: Pilot School Leaders' Experiences in Innovation

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julie Gainsburg

Adrienne Peralta

Title: Transitioning from Alternative to Traditional Public Schools: Understanding Latino Middle School Student Experiences

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Scott Petri

Title: Where are the Risk Takers? Using the Entrepreneurial Orientation Construct to Identify Innovators in Urban Schools

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Castallo

Cecil Swetland

Title: Secondary Students' Perceptions of their Teachers' Ability to Motivate Them as Learners

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Michael Rivas

Jay Tartaro

Title: School Engagement: Perceptions of Underperforming High School Latino Males

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

Ike Terjimanian

Title: Hip Hop as a Form of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Teacher Perceptions and Experiences

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

Loraynne Thompson

Title: Elementary Student Teachers Perceptions of Classroom Management Knowledge Construction: Linking Theory to Practice

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Susan Auerbach

Richard Underhill

Title: Social Studies Teachers' Perceptions of their Roles in Using The Fair Education Act and Curriculum to Create Safe Spaces for LGBT Students.

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Gregory Knotts

CC 2011 Dissertations

Karolanne Asmus

Title: Social Experiences of College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Virginia Kennedy

Porsha Boyd

Title: Athletic Cheers and Academic Assists: Examining Black Male Basketball Players’ Social Relationships at a Division-I Institution and Their Effect on Academic Success

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jody Dunlap

Dwayne Cantrell

Title: Social Media and College Choice

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Moore

Joshua Einhorn

Title: Positive Sustainability Factors of Noyce Scholarship Projects in the California State University System

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julie Gainsburg

Nazanin Fathi

Title: Examination of institutional, individual, cultural and financial factors that shape campus alcohol intervention and prevention programs

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Heidi Hintz

Title: Communities of Inquiry: An Examination of Student Satisfaction in Online Learning and Teaching Environments

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Carolyn Maeder

Alice Mecom

Title: Noncredit ESL Student Transition into Community College Credit Programs: Beyond Access to Success

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Susan Auerbach

Raquel Michel

Title: Latino College Students’ Transition Experiences From a Charter High School to College: An Ethnography of Social Preparedness and Familial Support

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Stephanie Nuñez

Title: The Charter School to Community College Pipeline: Examining the College Access for African American and Latina/o Students

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Dimpal Jain

Alfred Ramirez

Title: A View from Inside: An Examination of Institutional Culture on Noncredit Administrators and Their Enrollment Management Decisions

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

Donna Randolph

Title: The Experiences of Transfer Students of Color Participating in Research Programs: An Examination of Student-Faculty Interactions in STEM Research Projects

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nathan Durdella

Martin Tippens

Title: The Effect Of Continuous Formative Assessment On Student Learning In STEM Classrooms

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Norm Herr

Jesus Vega

Title: Spoken Truth: A Critical Analysis of the Successful Pre-Transfer Mechanisms of Latino Males at a Two-Year Hispanic Institution

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Miguel Ceja

Deanecia Wright

Title: African American Women College Experiences at a Minority-Serving Institution

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Tracy Buenavista